Preview: Bringing A Spanish Legend Back To Print With ‘The Jaume Rumeu Collection’

by Richard Bruton

The Treasury of British Comics delves into its extensive archives once more to highlight the work of Jaume Rumeu – you may not know the name, but you’re going to love the work, particularly the formidable Mrs Webb!

With such an extensive archive of all things Brit Comics, we’re used to seeing familiar names and strips being collected, such as the brilliant new Tom Paterson Collection at the end of November. But there’s also unexpected and magnificent treasures nestling deep in the vaults.

The Jaume Rumeu Collection continues the Treasury of British Comics’ mission to bring those hidden and forgotten gems from the world’s biggest archive of English-language comic books back into print, all remastered and presented for a whole new audience. It follows the publication of 2019’s Misty Presents: The Jordi Badia Romero Collection, a collection of stories by Catalan artist Jordi Badía Romero – also known as Jorge – who worked on Pink, Misty and Creepy before moving onto Tarzan in the 1980s.

And now, it’s the turn of another unsung master of British comics – Jaume Rumeu

The Jaume Rumeu Collection pulls together stories from a most likely unknown to you (he certainly was to me) Spanish artist working in girls’ horror comic Misty in the late ’70s.

Although this is the first time this work’s seen the light of day since first being published, meaning it’s over 40 years since these stunning pages have been seen, looking amazingly fresh and bold now as they were all those years ago.

Also known as Homero, Jaume Rumeu Perera has this beautiful, delicate line, just as perfect for these gothic horror tales as they were for the romance comics he’d done for Spanish publishers.

The Jaume Rumeu Collection includes four terrifying tales from the pages of the legendary Misty, the late ’70s supernatural horror comic book marketed for girls.

The two main tales, ‘Black Widow’ and ‘The Spider Woman’ features one of the most iconic villains in British girls’ comics: the lethal Mrs. Webb, a raging femme fatale with killer style and a bone to pick with the British Establishment. Schoolgirl horror, giant spiders, creepy tales, beautiful, but deadly, women, it’s just a perfect tale of spookiness and menace.

The follow-up, ‘The Spider Woman takes the action to Australia and Mrs Webb’s spider island – more spiders, more menace! Okay, one of the most truncated, “Oh, is that it?” endings you’ll read sort of leaves you with a big of a sour taste in the mouth, but to be honest, it’s the journey that’s the draw here, not the destination.

And of course, the whole thing’s all about the stunning artwork of Jaume Rumeu, all that delicate, moody linework just perfect for the tales of Mrs Webb and the arachnid menace.

And if those longer ones are episodic creepers with plenty of chance for Rumeu to stretch with the artwork, the two shorts ending the book are just spectacularly dark little done-in-one tales of murder and greed, genuinely chilling little things with that last page twist in the tale. Dark, nasty things, and quite wonderful.

This is one for fans of dark horror and gorgeous comic artwork, a very special introduction to one of the unsung masters of British horror comics.

Misty Presents The Jaume Rumeu Collection

Includes the stories, The Black Widow (originally published in Misty issues 20-33, 1978), The Spider Woman (originally published in Tammy & Misty, 1980), Dressed To Kill! (originally published in Misty 39, 1978), and Spend Spend Spend! (originally published in Misty 45, 1978.)

By Jaume Rumeu Perera, written by Bill Harrington

Released by The Treasury of British Comics on 11th November

 

Now… preview time…

 

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